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Bel Ami - Wikipedia Bel Ami is the second novel by French author Guy de Maupassant, published in 1885; an English translation titled Bel Ami, or, The History of a Scoundrel: A Novel ...

Bel Ami - Wikipedia This article is about the 1885 French novel Private Affairs Of Bel Ami For other uses see Bel Ami disambiguation Bel Ami is the se The story chronicles journalist Georges Duroys corrupt rise to power from a poor exNCO to one of the most successful men in Paris most of which he achieves by manipulating a series of powerful intelligent and wealthy women Contents 1 Synopsis 2 List of characters 3 Adaptations 3 1 Film and television 3 2 Theatre 4 Cultural influence 5 See also 6 References 7 External links Synopsisedit The novel is set in Paris in the uppermiddle class environment of the leading journalists of the newspaper La Vie Française and their friends It tells the story of Georges Duroy who has spent three years in military service in Algerias After working for six months as a clerk in Paris an encounter with his former comrade Forestier enables him to start a career as a journalist From a reporter of minor events and soft news he gradually climbs his way up to chief editor Duroy initially owes his success to Forestier’s wife Madeleine who helps him write his first articles and when he later starts writing lead articles she adds an edge and poignancy to them At the same time she uses her connections among leading politicians to provide him with behind the scenes information which allows him to become actively involved in politics Duroy is also introduced to many politicians in Madame Forestier’s drawingroom Duroy becomes the lover of Forestiers friend Mme de Marelle another influential woman Duroy later tries to seduce Madeleine Forestier to get even with her husband but she repulses Duroy’s sexual advances and offers that they become true friends without ulterior motives In a few months Charles Forestier’s health deteriorates and he travels to the south of France to regain it Soon afterwards Duroy receives a letter from Madeleine imploring him to join her and help her bear the last moments of her husband’s life When Forestier dies Duroy asks Madeleine to marry him After a few weeks to consider she agrees Georges now signs his articles Du Roy an aristocratic style of French name in order to add prestige to his name The married couple travels to Normandy the region of Georges’s childhood and meets his peasant parents Finding the reality different from her romantic expectations Madeleine feels very uncomfortable with his parents and so their stay with them is short In the newspaper office Duroy is ridiculed for having his articles written by his wife just as the late Forestier had his articles written by her His newspaper colleagues call him ‘Forestier’ which drives Georges mad and he becomes heavily jealous of Madeleine insisting that she admit having been unfaithful to Forestier but she never does In order to suppress the stings of jealousy Duroy starts an affair with Mme Walter the wife of the owner of the newspaper He especially enjoys the conquest as he is her first extramarital lover Later on however he regrets the decision for he cannot get rid of her when he does not want her Duroy’s relations with his wife become estranged at one point he takes a police superintendent and three other police officers to a flat in which his wife is meeting Monsieur LarocheMathieu her lover Private Affairs Of Bel Ami They catch the two in the act of adultery which was then a crime punishable under the law Duroy used the police as witnesses of his wifes adultery to facilitate their divorce He did not have her or her lover arrested although the police gave him the option to do so In the last two chapters Duroys ascent to power continues Duroy now a single man makes use of his chief’s daughters infatuation with him and arranges an elopement with her The parents then have no other choice but to grant their assent to the marriage The last chapter shows Duroy savouring his success at the wedding ceremony at which all those who figured prominently in society are present His thoughts however chiefly belong to Mme de Marelle who when wishing him all the best indicates that she has forgiven him for his new marriage and that their intimate meetings can be taken up again List of charactersedit Georges Duroy Du Roy an exsoldier journalist and a social climber Charles Forestier Duroys former friend in the army a journalist Madeleine Forestier Du Roy Charless and later Georgess wife who helps her husbands write their articles and has many connections among the powerful Monsieur LarocheMathieu a friend of Madeleine Forestier a member of parliament later a minister who owes his position and sudden wealth to La Vie Française Madeleine Forestiers lover Comte de Vaudrec an old longtime friend and protector and probably also lover or lost father of Madeleine Forestier Du Roy Clotilde de Marelle the Forestiers friend whose husband is away for long periods of time Duroys main lover Laurine de Marelle their young daughter who comes up with the nickname Bel Ami Jacques Rival a journalist Norbert de Varenne an old single bitter lifetired poet who is among the Vie Française staff Monsieur Walter the owner and chief editor of the Vie Francaise Virginie Walter his wife later Duroys lover Suzanne Walter their marriageable daughter later Madame Du Roy Rachel a prostitute to whom Georges turns in times of financial crisis Adaptationsedit Film and televisionedit The novel has been adapted for film and television several times Bel Ami a 1939 German film The Private Affairs of Bel Ami 1947 American film starring George Sanders Bel Ami 1955 Bel Ami 1971 a fiveepisode BBC TV series1 Bel Ami also known as For Men Only a 1976 Swedish pornographic version starring Harry Reems2 which had the tagline Harry Reems Last Adult Film3 Bel Ami a 2005 FrenchBelgian TV movie starring Sagamore Stévenin4 Bel Ami a 2012 European coproduction film with Robert Pattinson Uma Thurman Kristin Scott Thomas Christina Ricci and Holliday Grainger Theatreedit Still life with plaster statuette a rose and two novels by Vincent van Gogh KröllerMüller Museum Miláček a Czech stage version of the story premiered on 11 April 2008 in City Theatre Mladá Boleslav It was directed by Pavel Khek with Petr Mikeska in the title role of Georges Duroy 5 In July 2011 Bel Ami The Musical was staged at the White Bear Theatre London It premiered on July 12 It was written and directed by Linnie Reedman with music and lyrics composed by Joe Evans In February 2014 a contemporary musical adaptation of the book BelAmi was staged at the Charing Cross Theatre London performed by students of the London College of Music The music and lyrics were written by Alex Loveless Cultural influenceedit John Braine the English novelist stated that his favourite author was Guy de Maupassant and that his first novel Room at the Top 1957 was based on Bel Ami but the critics didnt pick it up citation needed See alsoedit BelAmi a gay pornography studio Referencesedit Bel Ami 1971 TV version on IMDb For Men Only 1976 Release Info on IMDb For Men Only 1976 Taglines on IMDb Bel Ami 2005 version on IMDb PETR MIKESKA herec a režisér estranky cz Retrieved 2 October 2015   External linksedit Bel Ami free English translation ebook at Project Gutenberg Bel Ami public domain audiobook at LibriVox Free audiobook BelAmi in French Městské divadlo Mladá Boleslav in Czech Bel Ami a film official website Petri Liukkonen Guy de Maupassant Books and Writers

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